Win a storytelling session from space station

Lost My Name have teamed up with Story Time From Space, NASA and CASIS to launch a competition for a child to watch an astronaut read a personalised story from the International Space Station.

The book the astronaut will be reading from is The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, a tale about a lost child and a robot friend.

Those interested should head to and enter details by 11.59pm GMT on 23 September. The competition is only open to those living in the UK or US, and the child must be aged between 4 to 8 years old.

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Roald Dahl among World Book Day titles

The £1 World Book Day titles have been announced including Roald Dahl’s The Great Mouse Plot in which a boy decides to play a trick on the disgusting owner of a sweet shop.

The nursery titles are Kipper’s Visit by Mick Inkpen about a dirty gosling in need of a bath, and Supertato to the Rescue by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the tale of The Evil Pea’s plan to make books disappear.

The KS1 books are Dahl’s book mentioned above, and Kes Gray’s Daisy and the Trouble with Jack, the story of when an irritating young girl is paired up with the naughtiest boy in school.

The KS2 selection is Welcome to the World of Norm by Jonathan Meres, Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space by Cavan Scott, Harper and the Sea of Secrets by Cerrie Burnell, and The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked by David Baddiel.

The list is finished with two KS3 books: Spot the Difference by UK Queen of Teen James Dawson, and Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.

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Penguin Pop-Up Shop

Penguin is marking its 80th birthday with a pop-up shop in BOXPARK in Shoreditch for six days from 8th to the 13th September.

Book lovers can purchase beautiful titles from the Penguin Modern Classics, Little Black Classics and Penguin by Hand series as well as get their hands on such gift ideas as a Jane Austen mug, a Sherlock Holmes notebook and a Virginia Woolf tote bag. What is more, customers will be able to watch the creation of a graphic mural live by illustrator Toby Triumph, sign the Penguin Shop Guest Book, and receive a limited edition free gift.

Penguin’s special birthday was also celebrated earlier this year with the launch of 80 Little Black Classic titles for just 80p each including Thomas Hardy’s Woman Much Missed and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Olalla.

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New children’s imprint: Two Hoots

Macmillan Children’s Books has set up a new illustrated imprint Two Hoots.

The owl logo has been illustrated by the creator of Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears and Orange Pear Apple Bear Emily Gravett who wrote that “I’m hooting with excitement to be a part of Two Hoots!” on her Facebook page. She will also be publishing her humorous book Tidy, about a badger obsessed with neatness, with Two Hoots.

The imprint will release around 12 books every year starting with Little Red by Bethan Woollvin in March next year, Gravett’s title mentioned above in April 2016, There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith in May 2016, and Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea by Morag Hood in June 2016.

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75th anniversary of Orwell’s Animal Farm

51FCu5M7wzLPenguin Classics is celebrating the 75th anniversary of George Orwell’s dystopia Animal Farm by republishing their illustrated edition.

In the creepy fable, the animals of Manor Farm expect to experience a new fairer way of life after their previous owner Mr Jones’ reign ends, only to find another corrupt leadership, hunger and further inequality.

This version will feature original line drawings by film animators Joy Batchelor and John Halas who created the controversial 1954 animation of the book.

The book is priced at £8.99.

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20th anniversary of Morvern Callar

Alan Warner’s Morvern Callar, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, is joining the Vintage Classics list to mark the novel’s twentieth anniversary.

Morvern Callar shows how the eponymous character, a young supermarket employee, reacts to the suicide of her strange boyfriend.

Other Scottish novels released as Vintage Classics at the same time (6 August) include the dark comedy Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff Torrington, a tale of Hannah Luckraft’s quest for the ultimate altered state Paradise by A.L. Kennedy, a book described by the New York Times as bearing a resemblance to Tristram Shandy title The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway, and a tale of a narrator’s odd experiment The Dumb House by John Burnside.

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John Boyne to publish first short story collection

John Boyne’s first collection of short stories Beneath the Earth will be published on the 27 August.

The dark collection contains tales of secrets and loss, and features Rest Day, the story that won the 2015 Short Story of the Year award in Ireland.

Boyne’s other books range from a man who stops ageing to the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson to a magical toyshop. His most famous title The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and was made into a movie starring Asa Butterfield as the main character Bruno the young son of a Nazi commandant. Boyne was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia. His next children’s book The Boy at the Top of the Mountain will be released on the 1 October.

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